GJM to sit-in outside Gorkha Ranga Manch ahead of WB Cabinet meeting

Darjeeling, 07 June:

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha [GJM] has announced plans to undertake a sit in demonstration in front of Gorkha Ranga Mancha Bhawan in Darjeeling on the way to the Raj Bhawan on 08 June. The State Cabinet is scheduled to meet at the Raj Bhawan at 2 pm.

“There will be GJM protest rallies from Batasia Loop, Darjeeling Railway Station and Singamari. The rallies will culminate in front of Gorkha Ranga Mancha Bhawan where the protestors in huge numbers will be staging a 2 hour long sit in demonstration,” announced the GJM president Bimal Gurung.

The Ranga Mancha is short distance from the Raj Bawan, both located at the Chowrasta.

The sit in demonstration is scheduled to take place from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm on 08 June coinciding with the State Cabinet meeting which is scheduled to commence at 2 pm in the Raj Bhawan premises.

With the rallies and the sit in demonstrations, the cavalcades of the Ministers could find it difficult to negotiate access to the venue of their Cabinet meeting.

“We do not believe in the CM’s words. She changes her statements frequently. We want the State Cabinet to adopt a resolution on Thursday that the Hills, Terai and Dooars will be exempted from having to study Bengali. If they do it, well and good, otherwise we will continue with our agitation,” stated Mr Gurung.

He stated that the GJM will hold another meeting on Thursday to decide on the future course of action.

“The future agitation programmes will depend on whether the Cabinet adopts the Bengali language exemption or not,” he added.

Wednesday saw GJM protest rallies in the day and a torch rally in the evening. Mr Gurung, however, did not announce any Gorkhaland agitation programmes today.